Friday, April 8, 2016

floral fun

Ella Moss Posy blazer, Ross
Calvin Klein staight leg jeans
Harlowe and Graham top, Nordstrom Rack

     Sorry for the headless, itty-bitty iPhone photo ... but I'm trying to keep this little blog alive. So I figure iPhone photos are better than no photos. 
    A cool, windy day meant I got to wear my new blazer! You can't tell from the photo, but it has a fun zipper detail on both sides (see below):

     I'm really liking a looser fit in my clothing, and the longer, slightly boxy fit of this blazer feels just right to me. The floral print and zippers make it decidedly unstuffy. I've been wearing it simply, with solid tops and jeans, but think it would be great with the right dress. 
    The colors are a bit more vivid in person than shown in the photo, but here's a better look at the print: 

   More iPhone photography (Waikiki at sunset):

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Grand Canyon West

Bobeau cardigan, Nordstrom Rack
Jones New York dress, Ross

     I have this same style of dress with two different prints and sizes. While  I like both, I've found that I like this one, which is bigger, just a bit more because the looser fit looks nice when belted.
    Spring Break has come to its inevitable end (whaa??! already??!) but I really cannot complain. I haven't done as much work as I planned - there are still stacks of assessments awaiting grading and inputting - but I did take a short trip to Vegas and spent many a happy hour on the couch, watching Food Network or reading. My Vegas trip was much more low-key than I expected, because I was under the weather, but my husband and I did squeeze in a day trip to Grand Canyon West, a few meals out, and a quick trip to the outlet mall. At the mall, I was thrilled to find a pair of my favorite jeans - and my husband was nice enough to buy them for me.
   Yesterday was our first day back to school after break, and it kicks off a mad dash (with no long weekends or holidays, boo) to the end of the school year.
   A few photos from my trip:

Husband at Guano Point. I like the contrast of the mining equipment with the natural beauty.

Graffiti at Guano Point. I pointed out some graffiti in another language (not shown) to my husband, and it turned out to be his native tongue. The funny thing was, he noticed right away that it was misspelled.

View from inside a wickiup (dwelling) at Guano Point.

Obligatory selfie. Borrowed one of my husband's hats for the day to keep the sun off my face.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

spurning proportion

top and pants, Old Navy
necklace, Forever 21

   This is probably not the most proportion-savvy outfit (loose top + loose pants), but I figured the necklace would have a lengthening effect and pull things together.  I haven't worn this necklace much lately, and was actually considering adding it to my donation pile, so it was great to wear it again.

   I borrowed a book on art journaling from the library recently (darn those eye-catching displays librarians make! It's a trap, I tell you). It's gotten me interested in starting an art journal, although my main thought when I look at the beautiful works featured in the book is,"Wow, I don't think my journal would look anything like that."
   However, I like the idea of an art journal as a dedicated place to be creative, record life experiences, and to try out new art techniques. The one thing holding me back is the required purchases. I'll be making a big move in a few months, and I've been trying to whittle down my belongings. I might just stick to my daily zendoodle drawing time and put off the art journaling until I get settled in my new home.

Monday, March 14, 2016

blush and berry

silk top, Off Fifth
cardigan, Old Navy
Indigo Rein jeans, Macy's
scarf, Ross

  I'm slowly warming up to the idea of wearing pink, but still don't any pink accessories. The scarf's colors don't match the top, but I think they work because they belong to the same color family. This outfit was one I felt particularly good in - I enjoyed pairing casual pants and a cozy cardigan with the more polished top and scarf. 

    I usually prefer to wear this top on its own to show off the draping and asymmetric hem, but a recent spate of windy, cool weather made the cardigan necessary. I thought the open cut and longer length let the shirt's details peek out.

    Spring Break is coming! It starts Wednesday and I'm already anticipating time to read, bake, and relax. I also plan to clean out my classroom in preparation for my move at the end of the school year. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


top, Gap
cardigan, Old Navy
jeans, Banana Republic Factory
earrings, local crafter

    An overcast, windy day meant it was too dark to take "real" photos when I got home, hence the headless photos.
   On the Tuesday after a long weekend, comfort is paramount. That meant I just had to wear my new favorite cardigan!

    I added the flower earrings at the last minute - I liked how the design echoed the embroidery.
   It was a great long weekend - I spent part of it in Hilo! Friday evening was a mad rush of packing, then dashing off to the airport to catch the last flight.  It was a short, but good, trip - lots of excellent aikido practice, and my friend and I had some great, affordable local eats, thanks to his dedicated scouring of Yelp.

     Itty-bitty photo, but the weather was beautiful (Hilo is known for being rainy). 

Monday, February 8, 2016

blogging blues

sweater top, Off Fifth
tassel necklace, eBay
Calvin Klein straight leg jeans, Ross

   I've been dealing with a bad case of the blogging blahs lately. I'm trying to get back into the habit of taking photos and posting. (Just don't ask when I wore this, because I don't remember ... I figure it was the first half of January. I can tell because I got my hair cut before I took a trip over the long weekend, and this is pre-haircut).
   I bought this top on my annual trip to the outlet mall in December. The slub knit, color, and longer sleeve appealed to me. 

           A few photos from my weekend in Vegas:

  First time in the snow at Mt. Charleston! 

Chasing the light at Red Rock Canyon

Saturday, February 6, 2016

January budget: girly girl

American Eagle Outfitters mesh tank in rust, $17.50

American Eagle Outfitters high neck tank, $34.95

   American Eagle is not a store I usually shop in (and these two items are relatively pricey), but I was buying for a long weekend away with the husband, and something girly and pretty seemed to be required.
   I also picked up a slouchy gray tee at Ross for $7.99.
  Total spent: $60.44
   Budget: $50
   Over: $10.44